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UTIA Chemical Hygiene Plan Section 1: Scope

What is the Chemical Hygiene Notebook?

This notebook, once completed, is your lab’s Chemical Hygiene Plan (CHP). Your task is to provide information asked for in each tab.  Guidance for each step is provided on the left-hand side of this page in the blue tabs. Once the tabs are completed, all of the OSHA requirements for a CHP will be satisfied. The completed CHP notebook must be kept inside the laboratory.

Why is having a CHP important?

  1. It makes the lab a safer place. This plan has been prepared to outline the institutional policies and lab-specific procedures required for the safe handling of hazardous chemicals. 

  1. It is required by law as set out in OSHA regulations. These regulations are discussed in the UTIA Lab Safety Program Document; and it states that each employer covered by the regulation should have a thorough and accessible plan to follow to keep lab workers safe. It also describes what each section of the CHP must include.

  1. The UTIA Safety Office will be reviewing your CHP as a part of routine laboratory safety inspections.

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Do I need to include Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) in the CHP?

Yes, you should start with what you have: put your lab’s SOP in the first tab. If your lab’s SOP is lengthy, put the document in a separate binder near the CHP, labeled “Standard Operating Procedures,” or “SOP.”

You should identify the particularly hazardous chemicals or dangerous procedures used in this lab. Develop safety provisions for working with them. Include all such provisions within your SOP.

How do I use this plan?

  • Require all lab workers to read this plan in its entirety.
  • Require all lab workers to sign the lab agreement showing that they have read and will adhere to safe working procedures for your laboratory.

In some cases with especially hazardous and after-hours work, or other special conditions, the lab manager may require the lab worker to be pre-approved to perform the specific procedures. Identify work (if any) that requires written authorization in this lab.

Use the following list to conduct an annual safety check:

    • Review the CHP, ensure that it accurately reflects lab activities. If new hazards are present, safety protocols should be updated to reflect the lab-specific sections. Document the date that the CHP was reviewed on the cover page.
    • Assure that new personnel first receive training on the CHP and sign the lab safety agreement.
    • Verify that door signage and personnel contact information are current and accurate.
    • Update the chemical inventory.
    • Evaluate lab safety using the Laboratory Self-Audit Checklist


Chemical Hygiene Plan Organization

Tab #



Action Required



Gives the scope of the Chemical Hygiene Plan



Lab Safety Agreement

Provides agreement

Have all lab personnel sign form prior to working inside the lab.


Lab-Specific Standard Operating Procedures

Place to put lab-specific  SOPs

Put lab-specific SOPs here


Pre-Approval of Particularly Hazardous Work

Provides form for pre-approval

Use as needed


UTIA Lab Safety Program Document

Provides general safety document

Keep most current hard copy of document here


Chemical Inventory

Provides a place to put the most current hard copy of the labs chemical inventory

Put hard copy here, update annually


MSDS of Especially Hazardous or High-Use Chemicals

Place to put hard copies of  MSDS of most dangerous or most common chemicals

Put MSDS here, update annually or as processes change


Lab Emergencies

Provides contact information for lab emergencies

Use as needed, update as necessary


Door Signs

Describes door sign program, place to put hard copy of most recent door sign

Put most recent hard copy of door sign here


Lab Checkout

Provides the Lab Checkout sheet for employees who are leaving the lab and/or the university

Keep current copies of form here


Hazardous Waste Guide

Provides general guidance on waste disposal as well as specific guidance on common waste types

Use as needed